For centuries, watchmakers have carefully crafted and carefully cut the components of the movement in order to perfectly show the source of the power of the timepiece. These painstaking works are given a new aesthetic, through openwork or engraving, highlighting cutting-edge creativity and technological innovation in mechanical watchmaking. Blancpain Honor Launches Classic Villeret Collection
The 8-day power reserve skeleton watch, with its superb craftsmanship and gorgeous appearance, pays tribute to bold and innovative senior watchmakers.
The 1333SQ movement is made by hand polishing. This series of movements has always been known for its sturdiness, stability and precision. The movement is equipped with a titanium balance wheel, a winding spring (also called Breguet hairspring) and three barrels in series, ensuring a power reserve of up to eight days. The 38 mm diameter case is made of white gold with a built-in hollow movement, exquisite decoration and exquisite carving. It is clearly visible through the sapphire crystal mirror and the case back, as if dancing in the air.
The watchmaker will use the three techniques of hollowing out, chamfering (also known as beveling), and sculpting to create a harmonious layout and transparent aesthetics inside the movement. In the process of hollowing out, watchmakers have always been adhering to the spirit of exploration, striving to achieve the perfect balance of solid shape and smooth operation. In order to achieve pleasing visual effects, the masters need to use different traditional watchmaking tools, after dozens of hours of uninterrupted filing and chamfering, to polish the movement into an extremely thin and long shape. The arched structure of the forming movement highlights the meticulousness and rigor of this process, revealing the delicate and complicated internal corner carving process.
Finally, the sculptor followed the glorious tradition of fine watchmaking, decorating the bridge and the main splint with scroll patterns, perfectly highlighting the arc curves of the barrel, case and bridge, giving the finishing touch to the harmonious beauty of the movement. The entire surface of the movement, and even the thinnest small parts, are carefully carved by hand to show the cutting-edge craftsmanship.
Blancpain Classic Villeret Series 8
The Japanese power reserve skeleton watch is extraordinary and glorious. It perfectly combines the skeleton carving, exquisite decoration and precise timing, which not only enriches the Blancpain Villeret collection, but also highlights the brand’s fine watchmaking tradition.